We have lost friends, relatives
October 12, 2015 (Updated October 18, 2015): We continue to grieve the unspeakable loss that happened on October 1, 2015, at Umpqua Community College. We at The Ford Family Foundation have lost friends and relatives. Like everyone in the Roseburg area, we are doing our best to comfort one another. A week ago we attended funerals of beautiful people whose lives were cut short. One funeral was for Lucas Eibel, a recipient of a scholarship from The Ford Family Foundation. He was one of our own.
As we face this tragedy, we feel the pain of victims and their families, and the pain of a community whose heart is broken. But we also feel the kindness of a community that has come together around the senseless loss of life.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
If you are still looking for ways to be supportive, here are some suggestions. We have coordinated these efforts with UCC.
1. Donate to Umpqua Community College relief funds.
Donate online at: Greater Douglas United Way, or use the text-to-give number, (541) 214-2822. Donations also can be made online at: Umpqua Community College Foundation.
We strongly recommend that donors cast a careful eye when considering other funds, as some are not based at charitable organizations and might apply high administrative fees. Also, unfortunately, at times like these, there are unscrupulous people who will set up false accounts.
2. Talk and share.
Community Health Alliance is offering support at no cost for anyone who may be experiencing problems or difficult feelings, including various kinds of stress and loss. Talking can really help people feel better. A free drop-in support group is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 pm-2 pm at 2700 NW Stewart Parkway, Annex B, Room 110, Roseburg.
3. Donate blood at your local American Red Cross.
With the high number of wounded, blood supplies were depleted. Even if you live at a distance, please donate. It is always needed.
A candlelight vigil on the night of October 1 brought hundreds to Stewart Park in Roseburg to mourn together. Across Douglas County and beyond, people are expressing solidarity in many ways — from getting tattoos to wearing UCC t-shirts.
UCC Strong shirts are available for a $20 donation online.
Other businesses are engaging in similar fundraisers and have donated food, coffee, and meeting spaces.
In addition, our peers — the University of Oregon emergency response team, Lane Community College peer executive team, United Way peer executive team from the Virginia Tech area, and others — have arrived to ease the burden.
Thank you for all of your support, love, prayers and thoughts. We hope you can hold peace in your heart and loved ones in your arms.
From all of us at The Ford Family Foundation,
Anne Kubisch, President
Karla Chambers, Board Chair